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Taxpayers for Common Sense

Making government work

four stars

92.02

651 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 546-8500   Web Site
EIN: 52-1941122

Board Leadership
Mark Smith
Chair

CEO
Ryan Alexander
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. Through our investigations, public data sets, and online outreach, we highlight government waste, propose solutions, and provide opportunities for people to make their voices heard in Washington. We work with elected officials from across the spectrum, sound alarm in the media, and assist grassroots partners to propose common sense solutions to wasteful spending.

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. Through our investigations, public data sets, and online outreach, we highlight government waste, propose solutions, and provide opportunities for people to make their voices heard in Washington. We work with elected officials from across the spectrum, sound alarm in the media, and assist grassroots partners to propose common sense solutions to wasteful spending.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
88.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.89
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 92.02 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 85.95 three stars
Project Vote Smart (IA) 86.04 three stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.22 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 86.44 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,930,569
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,930,569
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,930,569
   Other Revenue $23,679
TOTAL REVENUE $1,954,248
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,665,111
   Administrative Expenses $105,587
   Fundraising Expenses $50,450
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,821,148
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $133,100
   
Net Assets $1,408,180

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Agriculture Program $325,977 19.6%
Budget Oversights and Investigations $286,138 17.2%
Environmental & Natural Resources $687,882 41.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 09/01/2018 92.02 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 85.76 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 89.60 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 87.98 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 87.07 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 88.69 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 94.38 four stars
2009-12 06/01/2012 78.59 two stars
2009-12 06/01/2012 78.59 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2007-12 12/17/2008 87.02 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 90.76 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 86.45 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 76.87 two stars
2003-12 06/01/2005 74.98 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1941122
Name in IRS Master File TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE
NTEE Code W22
NTEE Classification Public Finance, Taxation, Monetary Policy
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(480) Propose, support, or oppose legislation
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$146,775 8.05% Ryan Alexander President

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Charity Contact Info

Taxpayers for Common Sense
651 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 546-8500
fax: (202) 546-8511
EIN: 52-1941122

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Board Leadership

Mark Smith
Chair

CEO

Ryan Alexander
President

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